Delivering a resolute punch with an acerbic sting in its tale, the new single ‘Stamp You Out’ from IST IST sees the band return to the spotlight.
In commanding form and typically uncompromising style, the Manchester quartet hit you with blistering post-punk guitar lines to its punishing percussive. ‘Stamp You Out’ creates an impending atmosphere of anxiety throughout.
With Adam Houghton’s trademark baritone vocal booming with all the force of an omnipotent autocrat at the lectern of a police state; it makes for a powerful statement of intent that instantly envelops listeners back into the shadow-strewn world of IST IST.
Speaking about “Stamp You Out”, Houghton says: “‘Stamp You Out’ tips its hat to the previous IST IST where the modus operandi was to try and make an impact in the most forceful way; pounding drums and bass and repetitive lyrics.
“I remember watching a news report where a politician, whose name I forget, just kept saying: ‘we need to stamp this out’. I was thinking ‘we need to stamp you out’, so I wrote an aggressive fight song and a call to arms about it.”
The single is accompanied by an official video that sees the band deliver a voltaic performance of the track against a flurry of incandescent lights. Watch it here below:
Of the video Keating adds: “We felt like the track is a straightforward rock song which required a straightforward video and we didn’t want to over-embellish the visual aspect. For existing IST IST fans, it re-affirms what we’re all about, and for anyone new it tells you everything you need to know.”
The new single is also accompanied by the announcement of IST IST’s third studio album ‘Protagonists’, out 31 March 2023 via Kind Violence Records. Pre-order here. After securing their status as one of Manchester’s most exciting acts with their 2020 debut ‘Architecture’, and then consolidating the title with its 2021 follow-up ‘The Art of Lying’; new album ‘Protagonists’ arrives as something of a new dawn for the four-piece.
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